The Laddie and the Geiko
Michael Jackson on his own whisky trail, re-orients himself
February 2002, Issue 21, page 7
Cask iron investment?
Dave Broom takes you through the possible pitfalls, the complications and the cons of many a whisky lover's dream- buying a cask
February 2002, Issue 21, page 8
File under easy listening
Dave Broom joins the rank and file as a late, late discussion reveals hidden treasures about life, the universe and where to find Iggy pop chez Broom
February 2002, Issue 21, page 8
Marcin Miller particpates in setting a whisky record in Sweden's beautiful capital Stockholm
February 2002, Issue 21, page 13
Bigger in Japan
Tokyo was host ot Whisky Live Japan 2001-and Marcin Miller was there to report on the festivities
February 2002, Issue 21, page 14
The art of the matter
Brian Hennigan swaps palate for palette as he takes you on an irreverent journey through the whisky-loving Renaissance and sipping surrealists to modern art and its relationship with malts
February 2002, Issue 21, page 18
A new flame (Kilchorman)
Gavin Smith takes a stroll by Kilchorman, the first new distillery of the millennium-and the first on Islay since 1883
February 2002, Issue 21, page 22
A new dawn for Bowmore (Brian Morrison)
After 38 years in whisky, Brian Morrison, managing director of Morrison Bowmore Distillers, is retiring from his executie position to become Joint Chairman. He reminisces with Charles Maclean
February 2002, Issue 21, page 34
A right royal return (Carneronbridge)
Tom Bruce-Gardyne finds that Carneronbridge Distillery is ready to return to the public eye after years in the background of the Scottish whisky industry- all thanks to a member of the Royal family
February 2002, Issue 21, page 38
Zen and now
Waxing philosophically on paradox, Daniel Houck invites us to consider drinking whisky as a means to enlightenment. It's got to be worth a try right?
February 2002, Issue 21, page 44
Yeast of Eden
The influence of yeast on the final flavour of a whisky is hotly debated within the industry. Ian Wisniewski takes a closer look at whisky's most active ingradient.
February 2002, Issue 21, page 48
Brewing up a storm
Gavin Smith tells the complex story of Scottish brewing and its inextricable links with distilling
February 2002, Issue 21, page 52
The deferred consumer
Ulf Buxrud had dedicated a large portion of his life to his passion for malt whisky, enabling him to addemble one of the most inpressive collections of its kind. We caught up with him to find out more...
February 2002, Issue 21, page 56
Style and substance (The Rockwell)
Bourbon is the focus for London's hottest new style bar, The Rockwell in the Trafalgar Hotel. John Roberts brings you the lowdown on the English capital's hippest new hangout
February 2002, Issue 21, page 58
Ardbeg for more!
Martine Nouet reminisces about a trip to Islay and the culinary delights she found there, in the surprising shape of the old kiln cafe and Ardbeg distillery
February 2002, Issue 21, page 62
A nobel cause
William Faulkner may not have made many positive references to whisky in his work, but he was a great lover of Tennessee's finest. Jerrerson Chase finds out
February 2002, Issue 21, page 77
Tasting with a wean
Instead of the usual acidic finish, why not enjoy a somewhat sweeter, slightly sentimental, but not overpowering, finish with John Lamond- just for a change
February 2002, Issue 21, page 82
Sazerac 18 Years Old Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A trifle sophisticated for my tastes, but a very fine rye whiskey.
Talisker 1975, 25 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90% 9 Less instantly explosive than the regular 10. The flavours in the 25 are more tightly combined and take longer to unfold. You pays your money...
Van Winkle 13 Years Old, Family Reserve Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 47.80% 8 Showing its age. It seems to have lost a little liveliness but, if you were as rich as this, would you care?
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lots of flavour development, complexity and refinement. Very elegant, but where is the clamour of battle?
Glen Elgin 19 Years Old, Centenary Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 For me, the classic example of Speyside heather-honey character. A beautifully rounded, characterful, elegant, whisky.
Adelphi Balmenach 1990, 11 Years Old, Cask 507
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70% 8 Can whiskies be handsome and romantic? This is a seductive bottling.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1970, 27 Years Old, Cask 7638
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 7 Enough character and complexity to withstand the heavy oakiness, but beginning to show its age.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1970, 31 Years Old, Cask 1036
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.40% 7 The better balanced of these two Glen Grants. The more integrated flavours. Seems to have matured better.
Adelphi Knockdhu 1989, 12 Years Old, Cask 286
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60% 7 Delicious. Perilously drinkable. Drink it with dessert. No, pour it all over the ice-cream.
Bruichladdich 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 More rounded and restrained than I remember, but lots of flavour development in that long middle. Bring on the Islay oysters.
Classic Malts Glenkinchie Special Edition, Friends of the Classic Malts
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 Only two Years Older than the regular Glenkinchie, but much richer. A very good cask.
Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Someone knows what they are doing. Who would have thought grain whisky could taste so good?
Glen Darbach 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Approachable – even amiable – but with some substance. Wintery flavours that are warming without being challenging.
Inverey 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 On the bland side. The overall impression is of lightness and sweetness, but a nice touch of balancing dryness in the finish.
Jim Beam Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 I have always had a sneaking admiration for this whiskey, and have long wondered why it is not more widely available. It is as though the Jim Beam family quietly accommodates its crazy cousin.
Lot 40 Pot Still Single Canadian
Rye - Canada - 43.00% 7 Rich, sweet, liqueur-like. I would like to get to know this one better.
Magilligan 8 Years Old, Irish Peated Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 43.00% 7 A lovely, clean, malty, easily drinkable, whisky. The label promises peat, but that is hard to find.
Old Overholt Canadian rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 Originally from Pennsylvania. For years, the only reasonably accessible rye. I would have liked it to be more extrovert, to say: “I'm a rye, whether you like me or not, and I'm coming out of the clo...
Single Malt - U.S.A. - 62.10% 8 Despite the 'Old', a new rye. The idea was to get closer to what the first American ryes might have been. I like the idea. Wins points for all-rye character and assertiveness.
Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 40.00% 7 An old classic, originally from Maryland. Emphatically a rye, though in this instance that grain is in fruity mood, rather than being overtly spicy.
Port Ellen 1979, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20% 8 From a sadly silent still: a great malt that is too good to chill, but wonderful with smoked salmon or scallops. Or, deservedly, caviar. You serve vodka? Shame on you!
Rare Malts Bladnoch 1977, 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.60% 8 Rather aggressive for a malt that is usually delicate and sweet, but still very distinctive. Will stand softening with a good splash of water.
Rare Malts Brora 1977 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 Lively, fruity, refreshing. Distinctive. Does the 19th hole at Brora serve sushi?
Rare Malts Glen Mhor 1979, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 8 A rare delight.
Rare Malts Millburn 1975, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.90% 7 A grizzled old character, but gains points for resilience.
Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof
Rye - U.S.A. - 50.00% 7 A hundred American proof makes for a powerful whisky, but this is big and bold in flavour, too. I don't remember it being such a sensuous whiskey. A reborn giant? I'll look for it on Rittenhouse Squar...
The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 8 I like oak, but this was a bit too much for me.
Wild Turkey Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 50.50% 8 The wildness of 101, tempered with the extra rye, makes for a very distinctive whiskey.
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